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  •  The ground level must respond directly (0+ / 0-)

    To command.  They don't get a choice in this. I really disagree with you.  We deal with racial issues better than civilian society because we must.  We deal with sexual preference issues because we must.  It will be same for rape as soon as we must.  Nobody ever thought you could have a gay marriage receiving military benefits but here we are.

    This is all about command and command environment IMO

    •  The ground level gets plenty of choice. (1+ / 0-)
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      Not in the legal mechanics of trials and discipline but in how they react to what's happening on the ground. How they support the victim or the perpetrator, before and after a formal report. How they react to the earlier signs of harrassment and assault. All the things that contribute to the atmosphere that promotes or deters abuse.
      People on the same level always are likely to know something's wrong before their superiors do.

      Not to excuse command either. They certainly set a good deal of the pattern.

      And frankly, rape and sexual assault are illegal now in the military. What changes have to be made so you "must" deal with them?

      The Empire never ended.

      by thejeff on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:39:43 AM PST

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      •  You cannot rely on any kind of uniform (0+ / 0-)

        Feelings from anyone, this includes civilians.  You cannot even depend on a spouse supporting a rape victim always. Sometimes rape victims end up being divorced because spouses can't process or cope. Everyone has differing ways of dealing with trauma.  But consistently enforced law does change behavior.

        I feel like though in this instance you want soldiers to be able to do things and feels things and respond in such ways that civilians aren't even capable of, that is what the law is for.  To define and set basic standards of meeting out justice, and that creates many social norms.

      •  Also,take a look (0+ / 0-)

        At the recent publicized rapes of high school girls by athletes that adults in power tried to coverup and railroad victims.  This is not a military culture problem, this is an American culture problem.

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